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Offline AuggieTopic starter

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I need tips!
« on: February 18, 2010, 06:34:53 am »
Hello, my name is Auggie and I am a sophomore at Cal State Long Beach and I am majoring in Electrical engineering. Does anyone have any tips for me regarding studying or getting experience or anything you can think of?
 

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Re: I need tips!
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2010, 01:13:56 am »
I'm afraid you are at a disadvantage Auggie,

It looks like you are right in the center of 'silicone valley'   :o

I would say if you can get past the many distractions your area, that's a good start!

In all seriousness going to college for an engineering degree requires a high degree of focus.  The number one tip I can give you is go to EVERY class.  I speak from experience on that one.  You will get behind so quickly it's almost impossible to catch up unless you are one of those people who never need to study.

Now just because you made it to all of your classes doesn't mean you wont fall asleep in them.  Some of your courses will with out a doubt be extremely dry and boring to you.  You might want to have a coffee or soda to keep you awake and get you through those mega sleepers.

You might want to consider studying in the college library or even the public library,  I found they were the quietest places on campus.

Watch every episode of EEVBlog!   I wish Dave were around when I went to college.  He makes electronics interesting and fun, not just hard work.

Hope this helps,

J


Addendum:

TOP TEN THINGS ENGINEERING SCHOOL DIDN'T TEACH YOU

10. There are at least 10 types of capacitors.
9. Theory tells you how a circuit works, not why it does not work.
8. Not everything works according to the specs in the databook.
7. Anything practical you learn will be obsolete before you use it, except the complex math, which you will never use.
6. Always try to fix the hardware with software.
5. Engineering is like having an 8 a.m. class and a late afternoon lab every day for the rest of your life.
4. Overtime pay? What overtime pay?
3. Managers, not engineers, rule the world.
2. If you like junk food, caffeine and all-nighters, go into software.
1. Dilbert is not a comic strip, it's a documentary.



Lastly,

A set of car battery cables walk into a bar.  The battery cables ask the bartender,

"Do you serve battery cables here?"

and the bartender replies,

"We sure do.  Just don't start anything."

« Last Edit: February 19, 2010, 01:28:17 am by Veramacor »
 

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Re: I need tips!
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2010, 02:46:37 am »
TOP TEN THINGS ENGINEERING SCHOOL DIDN'T TEACH YOU

10. There are at least 10 types of capacitors.
9. Theory tells you how a circuit works, not why it does not work.
8. Not everything works according to the specs in the databook.
7. Anything practical you learn will be obsolete before you use it, except the complex math, which you will never use.
6. Always try to fix the hardware with software.
5. Engineering is like having an 8 a.m. class and a late afternoon lab every day for the rest of your life.
4. Overtime pay? What overtime pay?
3. Managers, not engineers, rule the world.
2. If you like junk food, caffeine and all-nighters, go into software.
1. Dilbert is not a comic strip, it's a documentary.

LOL!
Spot on!

Dave.
 

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Re: I need tips!
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2010, 04:51:02 pm »
and once your in you nice engineering job or going into it bear in mind you have another option if you take a slightly broader view: quality control - if you like designing don't go there, from the little I know of my own quality job most people that are good in quality are quite good in the particular field but are just bogged down with paperwork and at best testing stuff, no trouble shooting and no designing
 


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